Skiff eBook Reader to Debut at CES

Hearst PR Points out

The Skiff Reader, the initial dedicated device to integrate the upcoming Skiff e-reading service, is remarkably sleek and easy to use. At just over a quarter-inch in overall height, the device is the thinnest e-reader announced to date. It features the largest and highest-resolution electronic-paper display yet unveiled in a consumer device, at 11.5” in size (measured diagonally) and a resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (UXGA).

Happy 10th Birthday LISNews!

I almost forgot! 10 years ago today I brought LISNews online. If you've been around for awhile you already know the rest of the story, if not, I'll spare you the details.

I can't possibly thank everyone who has helped LISNews over the past 10 years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me when I needed it most, during the early years, as was Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running. Over the years a few dedicated souls have tirelessly submitted stories; Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen for the podcast, Robin, Troy, Andy, Dan and all the LISNews authors deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back for all their hard work. LISNews is a collaboritve site, and we all work together to make it great.

I'd like to thank everyone who has ever chipped in to pay for the server, submitted a story, wrote in their journal, left a comment, or just dropped by for a visit.

Happy Birthday LISNews. Here's hoping we have a few more good years ahead of us!

The Library 101 Project Is Live Now!

Have you seen it? Have you heard the song and seen the music video? Have you read any of the 23 essays from some of the greatest minds in Libraryland (and David King and I too;)? Have you looked at the carefully selected list of 101 hyperlinked resources that share critically important things to think about and know in order to ensure a vibrant future for libraries, even as technology changes the information access and community landscapes?

Well you should go check it out!

And while you are there, please notice there there are comment boxes all over the place along with easy share buttons on almost every page. Those are really important to the project’s success! We want YOU to chime in and talk about what YOU think the new Library 101 is. So…what *is* your Library 101? Check out the Library 101 Project to let the world know!

Favorite Blogs This Year? Put Them On "The Blogs To Read In 2010" List!

(Why This List Matters.)

It's never too early to start thinking about "10 Blogs To Read in 2010". Well, ok, so maybe there was a time when it was too early, but that time has passed. Let's start thinking about our favorite blogs.

What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?

When building my list, I like to think of it this way: "I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short"

Your list doesn't need to be complete or fair. I'm looking for input from as many people as possible so the final list doesn't miss anyone new or overlooked. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that, when followed as a group, paint a complete picture of what's going on in our little world.

Before your nominate, take a look at past winners, they aren't eligible for 2009:

10 Blogs To Read in 2006

10 Blogs To Read In 2007

The LISNews 10 Blogs To Read In 2008

10 Blogs To Read In 2009

You can leave a comment below, hit the contact form, or send an email to

introducing INFLUX library user experience

Who: Amanda Etches-Johnson and Aaron Schmidt
What: a library user experience consultancy
Why: because we love libraries and UX work, so we put them together for libraries wanting to improve their websites and in-house services
How: many ways!
What Else: a blog and a fun contest to kick things off!

LIS Online Career Fair

LIS Online Career Fair
Are you a new library school graduate – or mid-career and looking for a change? Are you wondering how to improve your career skills or ready to try a certificate program? Looking to refresh your resume? We invite you to join us for the first annual LIS Online Career Fair. Join us online on Tuesday January 12, 2010 for an exciting day of learning how to start or to rejuvenate your library career in tough times! The day will kick off at 10 am central time/11 am Eastern/8 am Pacific and run through 4:30 pm central/5:30 pm Eastern. You will have your choice of a variety of informational and interactive programs which will assist you with your career no matter where you are. -- Read More

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh announces plan to close/merge branches

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's board of trustees voted last night to close or merge eight facilities, trim hours and cut staff to save an estimated $1.2 million in the 2010 budget.

Karen A. Coombs Joins Librarian Web Host LISHost as Web Applications Specialist

BUFFALO, NY--September 18, 2009 -- LISHost (, the leader in web hosting for librarians & libraries, announced today that Karen A. Coombs has joined LISHost as the Web Applications Specialist. In her role at LISHost, Coombs will work with libraries and librarians to identify and implemented open source web applications to meet their needs.

Coombs comes to LISHost from University of Houston Libraries where she served as the Head of Web Services. Karen has over 8 years experience in libraries. She began her career at the State University of New York at Cortland as the Information Technology and Instruction Librarian and then went on to serve as Electronic Services Librarian. Coombs has extensive experience implementing and customizing open source web applications such as Drupal, Wordpress and Mediawiki.

"I'm very excited that Karen has joined LISHost," says Blake Carver, LISHost's Founder. He continues, "Karen's experience with open source software and libraries is a natural fit for LISHost whose customers use open source software heavily." The addition of Ms. Coombs to the team will allow us to expand the variety of web applications we host and offer additional services to help our customers select, implement, and customize web applications that meet their needs.

Mosio Launches RefStart: Virtual Reference + Social Media + Search =)

RefStart is a web-based reference application giving librarians customizable one-click access to reference tools, search engines, web 2.0 sites and popular social networks, providing a single starting place to answer patron inquiries. Think of it as having easy access to a single web page where you can manage Facebook and Twitter, search Google, World of Congress and Librarian’s Internet Index, launch your instant messenger service(s) and receive alerts of new Text a Librarian questions. Make reference easier by having everything in one place. Visit for more info.

Web Advisory Committee: Recommendation about the Use of ALA Connect

The Web Advisory Committee (WAC) is a standing committee of the American Library Association (ALA). One key duty of the WAC is to advise the association on priorities and strategies that promote utilization and continued development of the ALA website.

In Spring 2009, ALA introduced ALA Connect, a new section of the ALA website. Fulfilling our mission of advising the ALA on website issues, the Web Advisory Committee strongly urges all ALA organized groups and ALA members to take advantage of the ALA Connect service. -- Read More

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